My knitted afghan and a prayer shawl have had a few stitches added here and there over the past few months, and I am still wrestling with gauge on the clerical collar. The announcement of a new baby in the family finally pulled knitting into a higher priority than, say, mowing the yard, and I searched Ravelry and several pattern books for the sweetest baby blanket pattern I could find. I chose Pocket Dreams (Rav link) from a tiny little collection of Vogue patterns. (Now that I look at the Ravelry link, it has universally bad reviews, but so far I think it's cute...we'll see how I feel when I'm knitting those 500+ stitch rows at the end...)
And so now I am...unknitting it. I know that technically it's "tinking," but that makes it sound like so much more fun than it is. Especially because the reason I have to unknit all these stitches is because I didn't read the pattern all the way through before I began. Increasing every other row is, clearly, much different than increasing every row. Sigh.
There's a mistake even nearer the beginning, too, but I think it may stay as a "design element". Again, reading the instructions all the way through ahead of time would have been a plus. The blanket has a precious little pocket in the middle of all its stripes, into which a little knitted toy bear fits perfectly.
The red strip is a life-line, just in case... Once I get going again, I think it will be lots of fun to knit, a nice easy pattern with regular color changes and increases to keep it interesting. I'm using Caron Simply Soft on size 6 needles.
Now that I think about it, perhaps I need to unknit a little bit of life, too. Tink back a few rows, a few obligations, a few pattern repeats that have me frustrated and tired. I've been trying to give up a few tasks and activities and responsibilities in order to make room for a little more faithfulness to my